Stage Hosting & Management

Jessica Mason

Jessica Mason Host Diversity Stage

Armin Hasanagic

Armin Hasanagic Host Heritage Stage

Katelyn Mason Host World Stage

Tuatha Dea

Tuatha Dea

Tribal Celtic
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Celtic, tribal, Gypsy rock with an Appalachian steampunk edge. Their rhythmic groove and interaction naturally inspires audience participation, a staple of their performances. They mesh the traditional music of Scotland and Ireland with their own bold blend of mainstream rock, mountain drumming and Appalachian blues to produce a truly unique sound with universal appeal!

Roux du bayou Cajun band

Cajun/Creole
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Roux du Bayou Cajun Band plays authentic cajun, zydeco, swamp pop, mardi gras accordion and fiddle music.

Burmese Community

Burmese Community

Karen, Burmese, Chin, Karenni, Shan Ethnic Dances

115 local representatives of the Burmese, Karen, Karenni, Kachin and Chin cultures from Burma will perform their traditional ethnic dances, singing, and/or fashion showcase of traditional dresses.

Def Leprechaun

Irish
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Def Leprechaun will tickle your Irish with fun pub tunes from the “old sod” Be prepared to clap, stomp, dance and sing as they invite you to join in the Irish fun

San Rafael Quartet

Latin/Rock/Jazz/Fushion
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Latin/Rock/Jazz Fusion Songs in Spanish and English

Cheryl Pan

Chinese Dance

From props and costumes to signature moves and cultural personalities, the various styles of Chinese cultural dances exhibit wonderfully distinct qualities of the Chinese people. Kentucky Chinese Dance Troupe presents the audience with authentic Chinese dances, performed with beautiful costumes, colorful props, and festive Chinese music.

Cheryl Pan, the troupe’s art director, is an experienced dance artist and teacher. Her talent and expertise in Chinese dances are well respected and widely recognized by many individuals and organizations. Performances by Ms. Pan and her students have been sought after by organizers of many events and festivals. She specializes in teaching different Chinese ethnic dances, some of which are not easily seen in the United States, such as Tujia, Zhuang and Qiang dances. She is a master of over 20 styles of ethnic dances, representing not only the majority Chinese Han people but also minority groups such as Tibetan, Mongolian, Uygur, Korean, Dai, Yi, Bai and Miao people. The troupe has won high praise for traditional Chinese dances such as the Fan Dance, Ribbon Dance, Double Ring Dance, Umbrella Dance, Flower Ball Dance, Lantern Dance, Bamboo Dance, Hat Dance, Scarf Dance, Bell and Drum Dance.

Tula Tribe Belly Dance

Belly Dance

Tula Tribe Belly Dance is a FatChance Style® dance troupe based in Nashville, Tennessee founded on the sacred tenets of promoting the creative arts, freedom of expression, feminine self-empowerment, community support and Love. Our members and students are from all walks of life with no regard to age or body size.

We are certified teachers and performers of an American style of belly dance created by Carolena Nericcio in San Francisco in the 1980’s. While FatChance Style® is an American interpretation of belly dance our art is inspired by Egyptian, Folkloric, Classic Indian & Spanish Flamenco movements, all performed using improvisational lead and following in group formations.

Dance Arts SOKY Dance Ensemble and Performance Troupe

Cuba and Latin American dances
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Dance Arts’ SOKY Dance Ensemble and Performance Troupe is proud to present the entertaining dance stylings of Cuba and Latin America to the International Festival this year. Our kids have had lots of fun learning two dances that sample the basic steps of salsa, cha-cha, and mamba. Come out and join us at our favorite community event, the Bowling Green

Shresta Meduri

SLB Kuchipudi Kalanilayam
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Kuchipudi is a dance-drama performance from India, with its roots in the ancient Hindu Sanskrit text of Natya Shastra. It developed as a religious art linked to traveling bards, temples and spiritual beliefs, like all major classical dances of India. Evidence of Kuchipudi’s existence in an older version are found in copper inscriptions of the 10th century, and by the 15th century in texts such as the Machupalli Kaifat.Kuchipudi tradition holds that Tirtha Narayana Yati – a sanyassin of Advaita Vedanta persuasion, and his disciple, an orphan named Siddhendra Yogi, founded and systematized the modern version of Kuchipudi in the 17th century. Kuchipudi largely developed as a Hindu god Krishna-oriented Vaishnavism tradition, and it is known by the name of Bhagavata Mela in Thanjavur. The traditional Kuchipudi was performed by all males troupe. A dancer in a male role would be in Agnivastra, also known as Bagalbandi, wear a dhoti (a single pleated piece of cloth hanging down from the waist). A dancer in a female role would wear a Sari with light makeup. 

Bhutanese Community

Bhutanese Ethnic Dance

Bhutanese cultural dance in traditional dress.

Sankofa African Drum and Dance Company

African Drums and Dance
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Sankofa African Drum and Dance Company is a Tennessee based performing arts company whose mission is to rally communities around the beat of the drum to unify, heal and inspire.

The symbol of Sankofa is that of a bird whose head is faced in the opposite direction of its body. Even though the bird is advancing, it periodically makes it a point to examine or return to its past, since this is the only way for one to have a better future.

Sankofa African Drum and Dance Company was founded by Maria Estes Hall in 2007 after receiving a call to organize the best of the best African Drummers and Dancers in the Tennessee area for a showcase. Little did she know, that show would birth a performing arts company that has now developed into the premier African Drum and Dance Company in Tennessee.

In addition to self-producing an annual Kwanzaa concert (since 2013) to sold-out crowds each year; Sankofa performs throughout the City of Nashville and the surrounding area frequently, at festivals, schools, community events and private events. They also host weekly community classes for adults and children in Nashville.

Sankofa is firmly rooted in educating and cultivating an appreciation for African culture and music. Sankofa understands the power of Unity and utilizes the medium of African Drum and Dance to tear down barriers that tend to divide communities. Sankofa believes that a community that drums and dances together stays together.

Armin Hasanagic & Sasha Strunjas

Armin Hasanagic

Bosnian Folk

A mix of traditional Bosnian sevdah songs as well as gypsy and folk music from the Balkin region. Instruments include guitar, prim, veillette and gryphone.

Rachana Pasupuleti

Bharatanatyam of India

Rachana Pasupuleti was 8 years old when she began peforming at the Bowling Green International Festival in 2009. She has studied Bharatnatyam, a Classical form of Indian Dance since she was three years old.

Bharatanatyam is one of the most ancient and exquisite dance forms in the World. It is one of the seven major classical dance forms of India and the most widely known. It is the classical dance style native to southern India, particularly the state of Tamil Nadu. Bharatanatyam is a sublime artistic experience both for the performer and the audience. In addition to being an exquisite dance form, Bharatanatyam teaches concentration, physical and mental discipline and is an excellent physical activity for all ages.

Academy of Flamenco Arts

Flamenco
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Academy of Flamenco Arts is a dance organization located in Louisville (KY) that offers flamenco classes for different levels to all ages. The Academy of Flamenco Arts prides itself in its vast diversity, with expertise from Argentina, Venezuela, Cuba, Peru and other parts of the world bringing authentic flamenco style to the academy from each respective country. In addition to classes, it also provides opportunities to perform in the community with events and festivals like Bowling Green to more intimate settings including restaurants and cafes.

Gabriela Guadalupe Vargas Berroa

Latin

Traditional Peruvian dances Saya and Montonero Arequipeño.

Barrenhart

Barrenhart

Celtic Bluegrass
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Barrenhart’s Celtic Bluegrass combines instrumental mastery with a deep knowledge of Appalachian & European traditional music. Its four musicians, originating from all parts of the globe, perform the traditional Celtic repertoire of Ireland, Scotland & England with a twist of Appalachian old time & bluegrass music woven into the fabric.

Natchez Thrace

Music of Bulgaria
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Natchez Thrace is founded upon the music of Bulgaria. Thracian, Macedonian, Greek and Turkish music are also represented due to their proximity and/ or ancestry to Bulgaria. For each song we spend a moment explaining the history and time signature complexity. We explain how the song is broken down mathematically to challenge the audience to keep the time which adds to the participation between the band and the audience.

Liam's Fancy

Traditional Irish Music & Dance
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Dan Cummins sings a lively variety of Irish Ballads to honor his family Heritage. Beverly Buchanan is a top-notch button accordion player in the style of the great East Galway tradition. Dublin-native, John Walsh, plays a variety of plectrum instruments along with Beverly’s accordion. John Walsh also accompanies Dan’s songs as a singer. The group also features an Irish Sean Nos Dancer

Jamming & Karaoke at Celtic Nations

Look for various musicians from our Celtic groups to jam throughout the day. The area also features karaoke, darts and more.

Stage Schedule

Diversity Stage [host: Jessica Mason/Ambush Sound]

  • 8:30-9:00 Opening Ceremony – Awards, recognition for K-12 Poster Contest winners, T-Shirt Designer & BGRefuge soccer tournament.
  • 9:00-10:30 Roux du Bayou Cajun Band – Cajun & Zydeco accordion and fiddle music
  • 10:40-10:45 Gabriela Guadalupe Vargas Berroa – Traditional Peruvian dances Saya and Montonero Arequipeño
  • 10:50-10:57 Dance Arts SOKY Dance Ensemble and Performance Troupe – Dance stylings of Cuba and Latin America
  • 11:10-12:10 Tuatha Dea – Celtic, tribal, Gypsy rock with an Appalachian steampunk edge
  • 12:20-12:25 Gabriela Guadalupe Vargas Berroa – Traditional Peruvian dances Saya and Montonero Arequipeño
  • 12:30-1:20 Cheryl Pan – Authentic Chinese dances
  • 1:25-1:30 Gabriela Guadalupe Vargas Berroa – Traditional Peruvian dances Saya and Montonero Arequipeño
  • 1:40-2:10 Sankofa African Drum and Dance Company – African drum and dance
  • 2:15-2:20 Gabriela Guadalupe Vargas Berroa – Traditional Peruvian dances Saya and Montonero Arequipeño
  • 2:30-3:30 Natchez Thrace – Bulgarian, Thracian, Macedonian, Greek and Turkish music
  • 3:35-3:40 Gabriela Guadalupe Vargas Berroa – Traditional Peruvian dances Saya and Montonero Arequipeño
  • 3:45-3:55 Bhutanese Community – Nepali ethnic cultural dances
  • 4:00-4:05 Gabriela Guadalupe Vargas Berroa – Traditional Peruvian dances Saya and Montonero Arequipeño
  • 4:10-4:17 Dance Arts SOKY Dance Ensemble and Performance Troupe – Dance stylings of Cuba and Latin America
  • 4:20-4:25 Gabriela Guadalupe Vargas Berroa – Traditional Peruvian dances Saya and Montonero Arequipeño
  • 4:40-6:00 Tuatha Dea – Celtic, tribal, Gypsy rock with an Appalachian steampunk edge

Heritage Stage [host: Armin Hasanagic/Ambush Sound]

  • 9:00-10:10 Burmese Community of Bowling Green – Ethnic dance, song, and fashion from the Burmese, Karen, Karenni, Kachin and Chin cultures from Burma
  • 10:15-10:20 Gabriela Guadalupe Vargas Berroa – Traditional Peruvian dances Saya and Montonero Arequipeño
  • 10:25-10:40 Rachana Pasupuleti – Bharatnatyam classical dance from India
  • 10:45-11:00 Tula Tribe Belly Dance – American interpretation of belly dance inspired by Egyptian, Folkloric, Classic Indian & Spanish Flamenco movements
  • 11:10-12:10 Natchez Thrace – Bulgarian, Thracian, Macedonian, Greek and Turkish music
  • 12:20-12:50 Academy of Flamenco Arts – Flamenco style dance from Argentina, Venezuela, Cuba, Peru
  • 12:55-1:10 Shresta Meduri, KLB Kuchipudi Kalanilayam – Kuchipudi Indian dance-drama
  • 1:20-2:20 Barrenhart – Celtic Bluegrass
  • 2:30-3:30 Armin Hasanagic & Friends – Bosnian sevdah songs as well as gypsy and folk music from the Balkin region
  • 3:40-4:40 San Rafael Quartet – Latin/Rock/Jazz fusion
  • 4:45-4:50 Gabriela Guadalupe Vargas Berroa – Traditional Peruvian dances Saya and Montonero Arequipeño
  • 5:00-6:00 Liam’s Fancy – Irish Ballads featuring an Irish Sean Nos Dancer

World Performance Area [Host Katelyn Mason/Ambush Sound] 

  • 9:00-10:00 Def Leprechaun – Rowdy Celtic folk
  • 10:15-11:15 Barrenhart – Celtic Bluegrass
  • 11:25-11:30 Gabriela Guadalupe Vargas Berroa – Traditional Peruvian dances Saya and Montonero Arequipeño
  • 11:35-11:50 Shresta Meduri, SLB Kuchipudi Kalanilayam – Kuchipudi Indian dance-drama
  • 11:55-12:00 Gabriela Guadalupe Vargas Berroa – Traditional Peruvian dances Saya and Montonero Arequipeño
  • 12:03-12:10 Dance Arts SOKY Dance Ensemble and Performance Troupe – Dance stylings of Cuba and Latin America
  • 12:15-12:30 Tula Tribe Belly Dance – American interpretation of belly dance inspired by Egyptian, Folkloric, Classic Indian & Spanish Flamenco movements
  • 12:35-12:50 Rachana Pasupuleti – Bharatnatyam classical dance from India
  • 12:55-1:00 Gabriela Guadalupe Vargas Berroa – Traditional Peruvian dances Saya and Montonero Arequipeño
  • 1:10-2:10 Liam’s Fancy – Irish Ballads featuring an Irish Sean Nos Dancer
  • 2:20-2:50 Academy of Flamenco Arts – Flamenco style dance from Argentina, Venezuela, Cuba, Peru
  • 2:55-3:00 Gabriela Guadalupe Vargas Berroa – Traditional Peruvian dances Saya and Montonero Arequipeño
  • 3:10-3:40 Sankofa African Drum and Dance Company – African drum and dance
  • 3:50-5:00 Burmese Community of Bowling Green – Ethnic dance, song, and fashion from the Burmese, Karen, Karenni, Kachin and Chin cultures from Burma
  • 5:05-5:20 Rachana Pasupuleti – Bharatnatyam classical dance from India
  • 5:30-6:00 Roads to Home – Irish reels, jigs & sea shanties.

Celtic Jams & Karaoke Throughout the day find Celtic Jam Sessions and Karaoke as well as darts and more in the Celtic Nations area.

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